A Reddish Egret (first Santa Barbara County record) was seen west of Goleta
today, at the mouth of Bell Creek. The bird circled high and flew north
northeast and out of sight before 4pm, but in case anyone's passing through
and wants to have a look, I'm passing along the relevant information.
The bird was a juvenile and could be seen well for much of the afternoon
from a bridge just west of Sandpiper golf course. To get to this area, exit
US 101 at Winchester Canyon Rd. and go to the south side of the freeway.
Just south of where Hollister crosses 101 is a road that goes west,
paralleling 101. Take this road, go past the entrance to the golf course,
and continue west. The bridge is just beyond the golf course. Park in the
public parking near the Baccara Resort, west of the bridge.
The bird was originally seen from the beach around noon by John Storrer. You
can walk to this area from the parking lot by walking to the beach and going
east to the creek mouth. By the time most birders got to the area this
afternoon, it was further upcreek and seen well from the bridge.
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